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IRS estimate of stolen tax records balloons to over 300,000

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A wider analysis shows that attackers used the IRS's Get Transcript app - now gone, and good riddance! - to roll around in far more records than first thought.

Facebook tax refund scam earns Arizona woman 6 years in jail

Facebook tax refund scam earns Arizona woman 6 years in jail

An Arizona woman has been sent to jail for six years for masterminding a tax rebate scam which used Facebook to find and target unemployed people for identity theft.

ID thief who scooped data on 200 million Americans jailed for 13 years

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Hieu Minh Ngo, whose websites put personal information on over 200 million US citizens up for sale, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Ex-NBA All Star Chris Gatling accused of being ID theft kingpin

Ex-NBA All Star Chris Gatling accused of being ID theft kingpin

Talk about a slam dunk: they arrested him while he was meeting with his probation officer.

SSCC 199 - Don't panic, it's not really as VENOMous as you thought [PODCAST]

Our latest weekly security podcast - the VENOM bug, iris recognition, a spyware company breach, and ID trouble at the Passport Agency.

Happy listening!

The phone that keeps an eye on your eyes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

The latest episode of our weekly "security news in one minute" video.

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Convicted identity thief caught after posting selfie on Twitter

Convicted identity thief caught after posting selfies on Twitter

Selfie-posting tax fraud fugitive Lance Ealy has been apprehended by US Marshals after four months on the run.

US regulator says Anthem "refuses to cooperate" in security audit

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Anthem, the health insurance giant that recently suffered a massive data breach, is "refusing to cooperate" with US regulators attempting to conduct vulnerability scans and configuration tests on its IT systems.

Anthem healthcare breach is smaller - and bigger - than first thought

There's good and bad news about Anthem's recent data breach.

The bad news includes the risk to between 8.8M and 18M non-customers who were in Anthem's database anyway...

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax resumes e-filing following torrent of fraudulent tax returns

TurboTax, a popular tax app, recommenced on Saturday after having taken security measures that include multifactor authentication.

US health insurer Anthem drained of 80 million records

US health insurer Anthem drained of 80 million records

Attackers have invaded a database at Anthem, the US's second largest health insurer, getting at all the personal details that comprise a veritable tool kit for identity theft.

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Woman charged with planting spyware on cop's phone

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A woman has been charged after eavesdropping on "sensitive law enforcement communications" by tapping the mobile phone of her police officer ex.

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

A new study publicized this week claims that almost half of all American adults have had their personal data hacked in the past year. Headline-grabbing truth-stretching? Or have 110 million Americans really been hacked?

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

Heartbleed jabs its first victims: UK parents' site Mumsnet, Canadian tax agency

Heartbleed jabs its first victims: UK parents' site Mumsnet, Canadian tax agency

Two high-profile organisations, the UK parenting site Mumsnet and the Canada Revenue Agency, are the first known victims of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to experience data breaches.

Spammers take advantage of Naked Security writing about spammers

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An identity theft focused spam campaign is doing the rounds pretending to be a winning notification from the American "green card lottery". Worse yet, the spammers decided to utilize imagery hosted on Naked Security.

Revenge-porn 'scumbags' slapped with $385,000 judgment

Revenge-porn 'scumbag' slapped with $385,000 judgment

They had a racket wherein one site posted sexually explicit photos without permission of subjects. When victims panicked and asked for the photos to come down, they got sent to another site that charged as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

Three indicted over $15 million identity theft spree

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Three men have been indicted in a New Jersey court, charged with participating in an identity theft conspiracy which could have cost its victims upwards of $15 million.